BREAKING: Former AGF, Adoke Gets N50m Bail

The Federal High Court in Abuja has granted former Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke N50 million bail and one surety in like sum.

Adoke is standing trial over alleged fraud in the 1.2 billion dollars Malabu oil deal.

He was granted bail alongside his two co-defendants charged with offences bordering on the controversial oil scam.

The former AGF surety, according to the ruling must be a Nigerian citizen with landed property within the jurisdiction of the court.

The surety must also appear with the defendant throughout the period of trial.

Adoke was asked to deposit his international passport with the Registrar of the court.

Justice Abubakar Idris had earlier on January 23, 2020, ordered the remand of the three defendants in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission after they pleaded not guilty to the 42 counts preferred against them by the commission.

The judge had on Monday heard the separate bail applications filed by the three of the seven defendants named as defendants in the charges, before fixing Thursday for a ruling.

The former AGF returned to the country from United Arab Emirates (UAE) on December 19 last year. He was, thereafter, whisked away by security operatives to the office of INTERPOL in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

He was arrested by Interpol on November 11 after arriving in the UAE for medical check-up and summarily taken into custody.

His arrest followed an Interpol red alert which the Nigerian government had issued against him as part of the litigation over the controversial Malabu Oil deal.

BREAKING: Former AGF, Adoke Gets N50m BailBut the UAE authorities freed him after Nigeria failed to provide legal basis and other requisite bilateral supports to justify his continued detention.

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